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Thomas STARNES

Male Abt 1734 - 1818  (~ 84 years)


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  • Name Thomas STARNES 
    Born Abt 1734  German Flatts, Present-Day Herkimer County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number LHGZ-TZH 
    Died 1818 
    Notes 
    • (1) Steelman, Sanford, The Starnes Family Four Generation Project <http://web.archive.org/web/20011224030918/http://www.trellis.net/steel/sta/fourgen.htm>:

      NOTE: At this time, there is no direct evidence that proves that Thomas Starnes was the son of Frederick Starnes, Sr. Most of the authorities on the Starnes family place Thomas as a son of Frederick. An article by Gordon Aronhime in the Bristol Herald Courier, dated February 12, 1965 states that there are references to Thomas Starns being along the Holston in the period just prior to the French and Indian War (1756-1763). I do not have the documentation to back up this assertion, but Mr. Aronhime was known to have been a thorough researcher. Thomas Starnes later appears in the records of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina from 1770 to 1781. For Thomas to appear in the records prior to 1756, he would have had to have been born in the 1730's and thus a son of Frederick, Sr. . . .

      THE DESCENDANTS OF THOMAS STARNES
      (Son of Frederick Starnes)

      Thomas Starnes (born ca 1734, died 1818) married _____. Their children:

      1. Peter Starnes (died 1831). . . .

      2. Frederick Starnes.

      3. George Starnes (born ca 1771) married Kezia Davis on September 15, 1800. Their children:

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      1. Peter Starnes (died 1831).

      NOTE: Peter Starnes appears in the estate sale records of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina from 1774 to 1778. He appears in the records of Washington County, Virginia from 1782 to 1785. He then appears in the records of Russell County, Virginia from 1800 to 1814.

      2. Frederick Starnes.

      3. George Starnes (born ca 1771) married Kezia Davis on September 15, 1800. Their children:

      a. Margaret Starnes Williams.

      b. John Starnes.

      c. Betsey Starnes married Thomas Wyrick on June 9, 1826 (bond).

      d. Thomas Starnes

      (2) Kimball, Sterling O., The Mohawk Valley Starings and Allied Families, Herkimer, NY: Herkimer County Historical Society, 1998:

      Thomas b c 1734 German Flatts, d 1818 NC

      (3) Starnes, H. Gerald & Starnes, Herman, Of Them That Left a Name Behind - A History of the Starnes Family, Baltimore, MD, Gateway Press, 1983:

      p. iii:

      Thomas [Starnes] (ca 1724-ca 1818)

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      p. 88:

      Thomas Starns, we believe, was one of the younger sons of Frederick I and Mary. He was the father of Peter and George Starnes (Scott County, Va.) and lived on Lick Run, a branch of Carlock's Creek just north of the present town of Chilhowie in Smyth County. There is early mention of Thomas being in this area when it was first settled. Area historians believe he settled with Carlocks and Goldmans on the Holston in the early 1750's, only to be run out by the Indians and driven back to his father's area on the New River. From our deductions of Thomas' date of birth, it would seem that he was born in German Flats, N.Y. ca 1733.

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      p. 187:

      About this time [1784] Thomas Starnes and his son, Frederick, also moved to North Carolina. His teenage son, George, born in 1771, may have stayed in Virginia with his older brother, Peter, whose farm, on the south side of the middle fork of the Holston, was bounded on one border by Mary Starnes, widow of Frederick II.

      (3) Transcription by the compiler of historical markers in Scott County, VA:

      STARNES BEND & BLUFF I

      When the first white hunters & explorers came to this area in the 1740's they named these relief features "the Big Bend & Bluff of the Clinch." The family name later officially given to this place begins with a 1710 NY boy emigrant Frederick (Staring) Starn (ca. 1700-1775) from the German Palatinate. In 1741, Frederick Starns left his 100-acre Mohawk Valley, NY Patent to lead a few German families to settle on the Juniata in PA. They were evicted by the Lt. Gov. of PA with militia in 1743 on a charge of the Delawares that Germans were on their hunting grounds, a violation of their treaty with Sir William Penn.

      The Starnes Family arrived on the New River in the spring of 1744. During the French & Indian War in July 1755, Frederick was wounded & captured but escaped from the Indians. By 1770, the Starnes had moved west to the Middle Fork of the Holston River. Thomas, the youngest of Frederick's sons, had a 91a. farm there. Peter, a son of Thomas, & others served during the Revolutionary War. Four of the family were killed. After the war the Starnes migrated from their Holston settlements in VA to NC, KY & TN.

      Peter named two sons for his uncles. Frederick II and Joseph, killed in KY by the Indians in an event known as Starnes' Defeat. Frederick Starnes (1790-1871), a successful farmer, and heirs acquired tracts of the highland on the bluff. Joseph (1794-1857), a veteran of the War of 1812, served in the defense of Norfolk. His heirs acquired the lowlands in the big bend of Clinch River. These areas became known as "Starnes Bluff" and "Starnes Bend."

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      STARNES BLUFF AND STARNES BEND II

      About 1797 Peter, John and George Starnes, grandsons of Frederic and Mary Goldman Starns, left Greene Co. TN and moved back to southwest VA. They bought adjacent tracts of land some six miles north of present day Gate City on the south side of Copper Ridge. These tracts were located near springs by the big elm. This area became part of Scott Co. in 1814. In 1829 George Starnes bought tracts of land on the north side of Ridge near the Clinch River. In 1831 Joseph and In 1834 Frederic, two of Peter's sons, bought tracts of land on the north side adjacent to George. These were the first of several purchases by the Starnes' which eventually led to these areas being called "Starnes Bluff & Starnes Bend."

      Frederic Starnes, for whom the "Bluff" was named, was married to Elizabeth Snider. To this union were born five children: William K. Starnes, Malinda Starnes Lark, Malissa Starnes Stewart, Katherine Starnes Hill and Johnson W. Starnes. The Frederic Starnes house still stands. He and many of his descendants are buried in the nearby cemetery. Starnes Bluff community church, which also served as the school, still stands on his land.

      Joseph Starnes, who bought tracts of land just west of Frederic, married Sallie Thornberry. To this union were born two sons: William W. Starnes and Hiram K. Starnes. Although Joseph's house is gone, he and many of his descendants rest in the old cemetery located near where he lived. His sons purchased large tracts of land on each side of the big bend in the Clinch River and from this the area became known as "Starnes Bend."
    Person ID I102  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 26 Mar 2021 

    Father Frederick STARNES, I,   b. Abt 1700, Alzey-Worms, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1774, Sulphur Springs, Smyth County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years) 
    Mother Mary GOLDMAN,   b. Abt 1703, Gundheim, Present-Day Landkreis Alzey-Worms, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sulphur Springs, Smyth County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1722  NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F753  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Margaret Jane HART 
    Children 
     1. John STARNES, Sr.,   b. Abt 1752,   d. 1833, Scott County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 81 years)
     2. Peter STARNES, Sr.,   b. Abt 1755,   d. Bef 1 Jun 1830, Scott County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years)
     3. Frederick STARNES
     4. George STARNES, Sr.,   b. Abt 1771
     5. Susanna STARNES,   b. Abt 1775,   d. 1834, Floyd County, KY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years)
    Last Modified 26 Mar 2021 
    Family ID F755  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart